How to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Last

Jan 2 2017

Motivational Monday is here to empower millennials to face the week and win, because we all want to shine as bright as Beyoncé.

January is the time when everyone collectively decides to change. And for the first month or two, we all go the gym, make our coffees at home, and eat salads. But when our New Year’s willpower dies down, we often go back to our old bad habits and those new year’s resolutions become resolutions for 2018 instead. Don’t be a wuss. We’ve gathered tried-and-true ways to make your 2017 resolutions actually last. This is the year you’re going to get sh*t done!

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    Make your goal specific

    Instead of making your resolution generic, pick a specific goal, like eating a salad once a day, going to the gym three times a week, or completing one half-marathon this year. Having a concrete goal makes it easy to determine whether or not you’re on the way to acing your resolution.

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    Tell everyone about your resolutions

    Keeping your resolutions to yourself ensures that when you quit, there will be no one to hold you accountable. Get your friends involved: You’d be surprised how motivated you can become when your friends are pulling for you to succeed.

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    Automate your financial goals

    If you’re trying to start saving money, automatically deposit a portion of your paycheck into your savings account each month. This way, you’ll barely notice the missing money since you didn’t have access to it to begin with. It’s an easy and painless way to grow your savings.

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    Write down a monthly plan

    Buy a cute planner (Kate Spade anyone?) and write down your goals for each month at the beginning of January. This way, when you turn the page to a new calendar every month, you’ll find a new goal and a reminder of your resolution.

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    Invest money into your goal

    Research has shown that individuals are more likely to stick to their goals if they risk losing money when they don’t complete their task. If you’re looking to start a new habit, like exercising, invest in a gym membership that’ll compel you to go.

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    Change one behavior at a time

    Start small and gradually work up to your goal, because going cold turkey might be too difficult to sustain. For example, if you’re planning on cutting out sugar, take your goal step by step: Spend the first month drinking your coffee without sweetener and then the second month cut out sugary drinks, like soda and artificially flavored juice, completely.

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    Download an app

    To make your goal a reality, utilize free apps that are just a few clicks away. These days there’s an app for everything, whether you’re trying to learn how to meditate, track your eating habits, or save money on purchases. Many mobile apps are free, which means you have a cheap and helpful tech tool to remind you of your resolutions wherever you go.

    Resolution Read: Download one of these 10 apps that successful people use everyday and watch technology help you master 2017.